The style of this 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs along with a "Sheaf of Wheat" motif dates it to the earliest years of that span.
The cupped grips are shell form, the shaped arms have beveled margins, and the arch is wide at 7/8" at the broadest.
Each of the legs has a raised, well-articulated, sheaf of wheat image with a sickle laid across it...
This pair of 6 1/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tongs carry his mark, "W. Brown," along with the rather unusual identifier "Balt." stamped on the inside of each arm.
The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." There is a feathered script "JMD" inscribed on the arch. The grips are scallop shell form.
They are in excellent condition...
This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is marked with the "T.U" and "I.V" indicative of that partnership.
It has a rounded, "Reverse Tipt," down-turned, end and a pronounced drop on the bowl...
It is a sophisticated piece, and all the more so for its early date. It is a "Kings" pattern, with a pronounced shell end with leafy borders. The backside heel of the bowl also has a shell imprint...
Speer is documented as a jeweler and watchmaker about 1840-70. The style of this locates it at the beginning of his working years.
It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a rubbed "LH" script monogram on the front.
It is in very good condition. There are overall surface scratches, but no other signs of wear such as bends or burrs...
Price per piece, two available.
This piece is a 6 3/4" long, rather heavy at just over 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork. It is an early item, marked "Patent 1855," "Coin," and with the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's "J. Stevenson."
There is a handsome, feathered script "AG" monogram set sideways on the handle.
It is in exceptionally fine condition...
The pattern is referred to as "Shell," and sometimes "Leaf." The motif was popular in the period, and produced by several manufacturers...
It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a finely engraved front with detailing that resembles engine turning.
There is an Old English "M" monogram.
It is in flawless condition, free of any wear or damage. The engraving remains crisp, the upturned, pointed end is without nicks or burrs, and the finish has a warm patina.
Marks are "F&H" flanked by car...
Price per piece, two available.
The markings are not readily found, and while a standard motif for the period, the "French Thread" pattern was not one that Gorham seemed to produce in significant quantity, so this is a doubly unusual piece.
It is engraved "A.L. Fiske." in very fine script le...
Uncertain to purpose, it may be for salt, coffee, or for a child's use.
Dating from the 1830s, it is stamped "Mead Adriance & Co." for the early Saint Louis firm. The front is engraved "MEW" in a fancy, feathered script.
It is in very good condition. The handle remains well-formed and the engraving is crisp. The bowl is free of tip wear, althoug...
Price for the set of six
Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.
They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T. oz., with the gr...
Per piece, two available.
It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.
The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.
It is in very good condition. There are no mars or da...
Priced as set of eight. Eleven total available.
They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.
The are in very good estate condition. There is slight ove...
This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.
There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the handle...
In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany.
A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt," design, this is akin to much production of the period. ...
While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.
It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition. The bowl has a bit of tip wear and some very shallow dimpling in t...
Each, three available.
This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is en...
The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is...